FLATHEAD BASIN COMMISSION SURVIVES AND EVOLVES

Source: Daily Inter Lake
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The Flathead Basin Commission lives on after the gutting of its budget in 2017, the firing in 2018 of its executive director and the emergence of two organizations with similar missions.

The commission, established by the Montana Legislature in 1983, is scheduled to meet March 20 in Whitefish.

The Flathead Basin Commission’s mission continues to evolve, moving from an intense focus on aquatic invasive species to placing more emphasis on other threats to water quality in the basin.

Recently, Caryn Miske, former executive director of the Flathead Basin Commission, sued the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, alleging she was wrongfully fired by the department in February 2018.

The department had criticized Miske for characterizing the Flathead Basin Commission as a “watchdog” of the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and for other activities it felt exceeded her authority and the commission’s scope and mission.